Thomasville (NC) High School has been one of the state's perennial powerhouse programs. This past year they claimed their third consecutive 1-AA state championship after a perfect 16-0 season. One of the key components of that undefeated run was QB/LB EJ Abrams-Ward.
With offers on the table from NC State, UNC, Clemson, Tennessee, Wake Forest, East Carolina, South Carolina and Clemson, Abrams-Ward has emerged as one of the state's most sought-after prospects. Initially, it appeared the rising senior was destined for linebacker in college but after missing six games due to a back injury in 2006, Abrams-Ward returned at quarterback for Thomasville and played well. He finished off the year by completing 29 of 47 passes for 596 yards and six touchdowns. Whatever the position, Abrams-Ward told Pack Pride recently he takes a team-first approach.
"I'm more of a team player," he said. "Where ever you need me and I can make an impact, that's where I'll play. As far as linebacker, it's just a few steps and hit who has the ball. With quarterback, you've got to have awareness, agility and everything just comes at once. So I would say as far as natural ability, I think I'm better at QB."
At 6-5, 210 pounds, Abrams-Ward certainly has the size to excel at quarterback or linebacker. Because of that versatility and natural ability, he has a long list of schools from which to choose. For now, he has six programs he's keeping a watchful eye on.
"Some of the main schools I'm looking at right now is Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, East Carolina, UNC and NC State," said Abrams-Ward. "There's some other schools looking at me like Notre Dame and Boston College so I'm just trying to keep an open mind and see what comes my way."
While Abrams-Ward reports an offer from the Wolfpack, it doesn't appear State has pulled out all the stops to land him just yet. While he passed on a chance to see State in person at Junior Day this past weekend, Abrams-Ward said he's still looking forward to learning more about the program.
"State got a new coach so I want to get to know them more and see more of what they're about," said Abrams-Ward. "Also, what position they like me to play. I want to see how they're going to come together as a program. They have been sending mail and talking to my head coach every now and then. I'm staying in touch with them."